Manuscript Evaluation (Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry): from $500; free Quote

  • A thorough reading of your draft manuscript.
  • A letter to you with an eye to how different elements of the story (plot, characters/voices, and chronology among them) are currently working.
  • A brief summary of what I see as the purpose of your work, broadly conceived, and its themes, issues, and possible subtexts.
  • Feedback includes a summary of what the next steps might be: what an author might to target their work to the intended reader age / psychology; to find a voice that feels authentically theirs AND speaks deeply to the reader; and/or figure out how to best set up narrative urgency or problem. 
  • Feedback by an editor who is an AWP member and reads avidly across genres. 
  • Time for follow-up questions of up to thirty minutes by e-mail or phone (FaceTime / Google Hangout / Zoom / Skype).
If we have already worked together, I offer a shorter version of this; please see below.

An Editorial Letter: $200-$350; FREE Quote  

An editorial letter focuses on just one or two aspects of your work, and is more concise than a manuscript evaluation.
  • We usually agree on an editorial letter when an author has a working draft and has had a manuscript critique on the work at hand, and wants to hear suggestions for improvement for one particular element. 
  • Beginning and mid-career authors typically find that they benefit from comments on a few drafts as they develop.
  • I am happy to comment on the story as it grows through various natural stages, sharpening and becoming, and may ask you to work on one aspect of your story at a time. With a package of editorial letters, the client schedules a series of consultations and plans to revise between them.
  • Clients often say that this approach helps them keep their focus on the work and invested on it over several months to a year.
What Do You Bring to the Table? I have been editing for the past five years; I'm also a fellow poet, nonfiction writer, and translator, published by nationally recognized journals, magazines, and with a book of my own out last year. Authors across many different genres hire me: YA writers, nonfiction authors, and poets, among others.
Will This Editor Tear Your Work Apart?
Many editors comment mostly on negative aspects of the draft. I practice honest, specific, and compassionate assessment. I also believe in incremental improvement to literary works over time. That means that I often work with authors over time on several drafts. Most of them find that significant improvements occur in that process.
Ready to take the leap? Get in touch at olga@olgalivshin.com or by phone at (484) 380-5445‬, and we will get started.

A poem, to me, is like a newborn. It is alive, it wants to develop into the person that it must be. Olga has helped me shape and articulate and refine and polish the bodies and the voices of my poems, and effectively served as my agent in bringing them to the attention of literary magazines. Her criticism, like her own poetry, earns trust by being both sensitive and non-sentimental.

— Maria Gapotchenko, author, Senior Lecturer in the Core Curriculum and the Arts and Sciences Writing Program at Boston University

Shepherding any literary work through an editing process can be disheartening for any writer, but if you are

We are a mother / daughter author team writing our first children’s book. Olga helped navigate the process. She was such a big help in the development of ideas and helping us see the vision of our book more clearly.

— Bizette Gailewicz and Maria Love 

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